Experts Guide

Welcome to ELI’s directory of environmental law and policy experts. We are committed to delivering timely, insightful, impartial analysis to opinion makers, including government officials, environmental and business leaders, and journalists. The Institute is fortunate to have staff members with deep expertise in many fields of environmental law and governance both in the United States and internationally. Their general areas of expertise are noted below. Please click on their name or photo for more information about their work and their areas of expertise.
Scott Fulton - ELI President
President, Environmental Law Institute

Expertise: Air, Chemical Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, International Law, Pollution Control, Water

Jay Austin
Senior Attorney; Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law Reporter®

Expertise: Coastal and Ocean Law, Constitutional Law, NEPA, Water

Tobie Bernstein
Senior Attorney; Director, Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Program

Expertise: Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Health, Green Buildings

Linda Breggin
Senior Attorney

Expertise: Agriculture, Chemicals, Enforcement, Toxic Waste, Water

Carl Bruch
Senior Attorney; Director, International Programs

Expertise: Climate Change, Compliance and Enforcement, Environmental Peacebuilding, Impacts of War, International Law, Oceans, Water

Rebecca L. Kihslinger
Senior Science and Policy Analyst

Expertise: Biodiversity, Conservation and Land Use Planning, Wetlands

James M. McElfish, Jr.
Senior Attorney; Director, Sustainable Use of Land Program

Expertise: Biodiversity, Land Use, Shale Gas Development, Water, Wind Energy

John Pendergrass
Vice President, Programs and Publications

Expertise: Climate Change, International, Judiciary, Law, Pollution, Water

Xiao Recio-Blanco
Director, Ocean Program

Expertise: Energy, International, Water, Wildlife

Adam Schempp
Senior Attorney; Director, Western Water Program

Expertise: Coastal and Ocean Law, Water

Sandra S. Nichols
Associate Vice President, Research & Policy; Director, Judicial Education Program

Sandra Nichols Thiam develops policy and legislation and supports implementation of U.S. and foreign environmental and sustainable development legal structures. Working across a range of sectors, she focuses on developing strategies that are equitable and enduring because they are developed with the participation and in consideration of the interests of affected communities. Currently, she is researching the role of natural resources governance in post-conflict peacebuilding.

Jessica J. Troell
Senior Attorney; Director, International Water Program; Director, Africa Program

Expertise: International Law, Natural Resource Management, Water